2.99x
the U.S. national average concentration
of food scientists and technologists

#1
ag science university in the U.S.

2 million sq. ft.
research park office & lab space
coming to market

Sources: Emsi Industry Characteristics 2020, QS World University Rankings 2021
Greater Sacramento is where international leaders are revolutionizing food and agriculture technology. Nestled at the epicenter of California’s agricultural heartland, we’re innovating across the supply chain, from sustainable farming to food processing and food science. The foodtech and agtech industry in Greater Sacramento is fueled by  an ever-growing pipeline of plant and food scientists from UC Davis—the #1 agricultural sciences university in the U.S.

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Expertise across the food and ag supply chain

From discovery to distribution, foodtech and agtech solutions are built in Greater Sacramento for use worldwide. Experts across the industry have clustered in the region, facilitating connections and catalyzing innovation.

Agricultural inputs

International leaders like BASF, Novozymes, Syngenta and Yara host plant science and biotech research and development operations in Greater Sacramento.

Food production

Greater Sacramento is home to renowned producers like FRC, Muller Ranch and TOMRA. The region’s millions of acres of farmland produce more than $2 billion in agricultural value. Top crops include wine grapes, walnuts, almonds and rice.

Food processing

The region is home to 200+ food processing businesses including industry leaders like Pacific Coast Producers, Nippon Shokken, Blue Diamond Almonds and Sunsweet.

Retail

Two grocery retail leaders, Raley’s and Nugget Markets, have their headquarters in Greater Sacramento, offering companies a direct line to bring their products to market.

Home of UC Davis, the country’s top ag science university

#1
for plant and animal sciences
in the world

#1
for agricultural sciences
in the U.S.

$153 million
research funding in ag and
environmental science

Sources: U.S. News & World Report 2021, QS World University Rankings 2021, UC Davis

UC Davis is among the most published and cited U.S. research universities in agricultural, environmental, food and soil sciences. The university is also home to the world’s largest and most productive academic research program in the study of grapes and wine.

UC Davis food and ag competencies and partnership opportunities:

  • Technology transfer and economic development through patents, licensing and entrepreneurship
  • Research on and production of clean plant materials for agricultural production
  • Development of insect-resistant grape varieties for the wine industry
  • Establishment of air quality standards with California’s Central Valley dairy industry
  • Development of food safety partnerships with leafy-green growers
  • Facilitation of growth in California’s seed industry

Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute hosts world-class research and teaching facilities, including the world’s first winery, brewery and food and dairy processing facility certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The institute is home to three centers facilitating industry, research and educational efforts related to olives, honey and pollination and wine economics.

Foodtech and agtech incubators and research park

Lab@AgStart

The Lab@AgStart is the only integrated wet lab and food lab in Northern California. It features 4,800 square feet of shared wet lab, food lab and coworking space, including 24 six-foot lab benches and a commercial kitchen for food product development and prototyping.

Bayer CoLaborator

Located at the global headquarters of Bayer Crop Science’s Biologics group, the CoLaborator is a shared lab space for biotech startups. The laboratories include basic equipment for agriculture tech startups to quickly begin testing their ideas with basic services and permits provided by Bayer.

Woodland Research and Technology Park

Woodland Research Park is a 350-acre project planned just seven miles from UC Davis. The research park will house 2 million square feet of office and lab space focused on agtech, biotech, energy efficiency technology, manufacturing and environmental technology. The park will be a live/work community, including multi-family homes and 23 acres of parks and open space.

woodland research and technology park in greater sacramento

Additional foodtech and agtech asssets

The March Fund

The March Fund is an early-late stage foodtech venture capital fund headquartered in Greater Sacramento that focuses on transformative biotechnologies, machine intelligence and nutrition product businesses.

Food & Ag Council

GSEC’s Food & Ag Council is comprised of esteemed industry professionals focused on aligning industry assets and resources, providing leadership on policy and initiatives and identifying new sources of capital for the industry.

Seed Central

Seed Central is a public-private partnership energizing the seed and ag biotech cluster surrounding UC Davis. Seed Central facilitates communication and research between UC Davis and the seed and ag-biotech industry (including some 100 seed-related companies surrounding the university) to bring science to market faster.

Greater Sacramento foodtech and agtech business success stories

TurtleTree

Foodtech
The Singaporean company’s 24,000-square-foot R&D facility in West Sacramento will house a world-class research hub showcasing the company’s extensive array of innovations and technologies used to produce its cell-based mammalian milks. Learn more about why TurtleTree chose Greater Sacramento here.

Tomra Sorting Solutions

Farm robotics, mechanization and equipment
The Norwegian-owned, leading provider of sensor-based sorting and peeling equipment manufactures, tests and demonstrates products in their West Sacramento headquarters facility.

Better Meat Co.

Foodtech
The Better Meat Co. is a B2B producer of next-generation plant-based proteins for foodservice providers and meat processors that recently secured a partnership with Hormel Foods. They’ve found success through their West Sacramento headquarters thanks to its proximity to tech and agriculture innovators in the Greater Sacramento region.

MyFloraDNA

Plant biotech
This Spanish biotech company uses cutting-edge DNA technologies to accelerate the long breeding process and provide genomic solutions to growers. Learn more about their experience in Greater Sacramento here.

Fengru Lin, CEO and Co-founder of TurtleTree
Fengru Lin,
CEO and Co-founder of TurtleTree

We’re eagerly looking forward to working with the brilliant talent in the area and building a future generation of nutrition that we can all enjoy for decades to come.

Other top foodtech and agtech businesses in Greater Sacramento:

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Top agtech employers in Greater Sacramento

wdt_ID Company Location type Employee count Type
1 Bayer CropScience Branch 275 Research and development
2 HM Clause Inc. Branch 190 Seed breeding
3 Marrone Bio Innovations Headquarters 65 Biotechnology
4 Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Headquarters 45 Biotechnology
5 Syngenta Branch 41 Research and development
Source: Sacramento Business Journal Book of Lists 2020, Pitchbook 2019